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Emily Ogden, PhD,
University of Pennsylvania, Department of English

Emily Ogden received her doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching and research focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U. S. literature and the occult sciences. Her current book project, The History of Error, is a cultural history of antebellum mesmerism in fact and fiction.

Articles are forthcoming in American Literature and J19, and "Mesmer's Demon: Fiction, Falsehood and the Mechanical Imagination" appeared in Early American Literature 47.1 (2012). Dr. Ogden's research has been supported by the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship and the American Philosophical Society Resident Research Fellowship. She will begin a tenure-track appointment at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2013.

Dr. Ogden is organizing a conference entitled "Credulity," on enchantment and modernity in the nineteenth-century U.S., to be held at the Heyman Center, March 29-30, 2013. Please visit for more information.

Courses taught:
Fiction and the Occult (English seminar, Fall 2012)
The Rise of the Novel in America (English seminar, Fall 2011)
Enlightenment and Awakening (English seminar, Spring 2011)
Contemporary Civilization (Core seminar, Fall 2010)

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